“All good things must come to an end” — Exhibit A: Restaurant Andre.
In an announcement published today at 3.40 a.m., the two-Michelin-starred establishment’s chef–owner, Andre Chiang, says he and his team will serve their last service on February 14, 2018.
Chiang states he will return the stars he won in 2016 and maintained last year, and requests that neither Restaurant Andre nor RAW (his European bistronomy establishments in Taipei and Bangkok) be included in future editions of the Michelin Guide for the respective countries or cities.
This news comes on the seventh anniversary of Restaurant Andre’s opening. Chiang notes that this month marks the 30th year of his culinary career.
He explains this sudden move as a way to “re-prioritise [his] professional life from early next year,” because “[his team has] achieved everything [they] want to achieve.”
Alluding to a move back to his native Taiwan, he continues: “[Returning] to where I was born forty years ago has always been my dream, passing on everything I have to the next generation in Taiwan and China is my duty, and providing young chefs a better education and culinary culture is an urgent priority for me.”
“Now, it is time for me to go home. … I’m a perfectionist, and this is perfect,” Chiang’s official statement ends cryptically.
Watch (and parse) the video announcement accompanying the statement here. No idea if you can score a reservation now, but it’s worth a shot.